Villa Belong Dua - Local fishermen on the beach

The Locale

The fishing village of Seseh grew in importance in 18th century Bali when it became home to the major temple of the former Kingdom of Mengwi. At that time it was also a small trading port, inhabited by a number of families of Chinese decent.

The village still retains the customs and culture of old Bali. Here, you will see the rice being planted and harvested in the fields, fishing boats returning with the night’s catch, as well as frequent, colourful processions to the large beachside temple.

Today, Seseh is an ideal destination for those who want to get lost in the beauty of the countryside and engage with the local people to gain privileged insights into the Balinese Hindu lifestyle: the people of Seseh encourage and welcome congenial visitors.

There are no international restaurants here, but the villa is only 30 minutes’ drive (15km) from the many restaurants and shops of cosmopolitan Seminyak.  The renowned surfers’ haunt of Echo Beach is also within easy reach (8.5km by road or just a pleasant 1.5km walk along the beach), where guests can enjoy the laidback vibe, an ice-cold beer or seafood barbecue at The Beach House, and some incredible sunsets.

Distances

Seseh Beach
0.30 km
Pererenan Beach
1 km
Echo Beach
1.50 km
Tanah Lot sea temple
9 km
Canggu
10 km
Kerobokan
11 km
Seminyak
14 km
Kuta
19 km
Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS)
23 km
Ubud
30 km
Mt Batukaru
39 km

Things to Do

Belong Dua’s manager will have a wealth of information about places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. Do also ask the staff about the area too. Most will live nearby and can give an interesting insight into some of the fascinating aspects of local Bali life.

Explore the charming Tabanan regency, revealing terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and black-sand beaches dotted with fishing communities. Or head north to explore the volcanic lakes near the mountain town of Bedugul, including Lake Bratan with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.
Discover the scenic rice-field landscape and rural villages on one of the villa’s bicycles; a great way to get under the skin of the ‘real’ Bali. Stop off at a local warung (café) to sample some basic Balinese fare or cool off with a cold drink.
With its warm seas, almost year-round season, relatively uncrowded beach and reef breaks and suitability for all levels of experience, Bali surfing is world renowned. The beaches around Canggu (11km) are known for their world-class surf breaks, offering an exposed reef break with consistent surf. May to October (dry season) is the favoured time for waves.
Ask the villa manager to arrange a dawn fishing expedition with one of the local fisherman in his traditional jukung and get the chef to cook up your catch for lunch.
The villa is close to the famous sea temple at Tanah Lot. Although renowned for its sunset vistas, going early in the morning provides a better idea of the power of the location and the chance to see it undisturbed, apart from perhaps an offering ceremony.
A nice sunset alternative is to head down to Echo Beach where a number of cafés offer good sunset views and cold beer. Hotel Tugu, a very stylish and eclectic boutique hotel a few minutes further down the coast is also a good sunset spot. Note that the beach along this section of the coast is dark volcanic sand and the waters are better suited to surfing than swimming.
Fashionistas, trendies shop-a-holics and foodies should hot-foot it down to Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan enclave. Here, you can indulge for hours in the glut of stylish, chic boutiques and international restaurants and bars including, Potato Head Beach club, La Lucciola and Bali’s infamously trendy Ku Dé Ta. For furniture, antiques and homeware stores go for a wander around the streets of nearby Kerobokan.
If you are a bold and brave bargain hunter, a spree within the heart of Bali’s bustling provincial capital is an exciting and rewarding experience. Visit the vibrant Denpasar markets, where everything and anything is available.
Go horse riding along the sparkling black sands of Yeh Gangga beach (12km) with Bali Island Horse. This well-run establishment also offers ATV, dirt bike and bicycle tours. Great for all ages and abilities and particularly beautiful at sunset.
Pulau Dive Charters offers luxury boat charters around the beautiful islands and waters surrounding Bali. They specialise in private fishing, surfing and diving charters and also offer unique personalised day trips to Nusa Lembongan. Perfect for a family day out on the water or with a group of friends.

Guest Reviews

  • May 9th, 2018 - May 11th, 2018

    Many thanks to Arya and the lovely staff. We have had a lovely time.

    Leah V, Australia
  • March 15th, 2018 - March 25th, 2018

    Someone once quoted that "life is not about the breath you take, but the moments that take your breath". So many moments took our breath away. The small touches made by staff - including Nyoman's home lunch and long chats after dinner. Anything we needed was catered for quickly and without fuss. The area is fantastic to explore or simply stay in the villa for a massage and an afternoon of lounging.

    Rebecca, Australia
  • February 14th, 2018 - February 24th, 2018

    There is limited words I can find to express how we feel after our 10 days at the villa. We came here during one of the most difficult times in life to restore ourselves. We now leave, having not only a great deal of peace but also having found and explored many corners of our lives and hearts as our souls were taken care of in every way imaginable. The villa is perfect and we felt a part of the Balinese tradition which existed long before tourism took over. The food was fresh, exciting and inspiring. We felt part of the family and we will highly recommended the villa.

    Johanna J, Australia
  • December 23rd, 2017 - January 1st, 2018

    We stayed for 9 days at the villa Belong Dua and had the most blissfully time. After stepping out from 25 hours flight and airport journey, we arrive past midnight and we are welcomed with a nice warm meal, cool beverage and a prefect setting. The staff is beyond friendly, attending to every need and proposing ideas of the things to do and see, which key for us as we were mostly here to relax with our 2 years old and hadn't done a lot of research. The breakfast was scrumptious, the fruits heavenly and the smile of the staff contagious. Nyoman took care of our very picky 2 year old and Arya was always present and available. We highly recorded this villa if your are looking for peace and quiet and a relaxing setting. Bustling Canggu or Seminyak are just cab ride away and once you go, you will be thankful to come back to Villa Belong Dua . Tfeila ,Giulio & Yara

    Giulio B, United States
  • October 12th, 2017 - October 16th, 2017

    Our recent stay at Belong Dua has been a most pleasant experience. The accommodation, surround and the service provided by Arya and his staff were second to none. Highly recommended.

    Frank E, Australia
  • September 30th, 2017 - October 8th, 2017

    Villa Belong Dua is a sanctuary to physically and mentally unwind and recharge. When you first step into the villa you can't mistake it's beauty. The true beauty here is the welcoming and generous people - Arya and the team have exceeded every expectation we could possibly here had. Thank you of a beautiful week. We will be back.

    Peter H, Australia
  • September 25th, 2017 - September 27th, 2017

    Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. We have enjoyed every minute here at Villa Belong Dua. Our breakfast ,lunch and dinner here very delicious. We were so happy to share a special meals with everyone. The staff is the best we have had on our 3 weeks stay in Bali. The Villa is peaceful and a great Balinese village experience. The sunset on the beach is just a short walk away past the temple and you can see and experience the temple ceremony and blessing. The villa is a green oasis inside of a village around you, lots of butterflies and birds in the villa, that's what we enjoyed. We loved our experience with the staff and massage in the outdoor area. We can't wait to come back ,we wish our new Bali family much luck and happiness. We will miss you.

    Lugena H, United States
  • September 8th, 2017 - September 11th, 2017

    The rooms and amenities were absolutely perfect, beautiful outdoor bathroom and shower. The garden and pool are amazing, it's easy to loose a few hours in the tranquility of this. The staff have been wonderful and could not do anything more for us. They have been so friendly and helpful during our stay. The food prepared for us was perfect in all aspects. What more can we say "perfect". I will recommend Villa Belong Dua to our Australian friends. A great destination managed and serviced by great people. Kind regard Stephen Wicks

    Ros W, Australia
  • August 4th, 2017 - August 16th, 2017

    We have spent the most gorgeous two weeks here at Belong Dua. It's has been the perfect setting for our family holiday, relaxing, reading and spending a lot of time in the pool. We ate in most days due to our 1 years olds naps and would recommend allowing the chef/team to direct the menu, we had the most delicious Indonesia/Balinese food which we might not have chosen otherwise. Also lunch from a couple of the local warung was a great shout. If you're heading out to Canggu then "the lawn " was a popular choice for us, good pool and beach access and a popular spot for other young families. Also for rusty surfer like us the next door beach "old mans " is good spot to hire boards and get out onto water. Finally a huge recommendation and thank you for the fantastic team here at the villa who are very kind and attentive without being intrusive. Particular praise goes to Wayan for his kindness to our son and his meticulous upkeep of the pool and also to Nyoman.

    Martin O, Bermuda
  • July 21st, 2017 - July 29th, 2017

    We enjoyed a wonderful stay in Villa Belong Dua. Architectural details and garden, interior and even more the always humble and helpful staff under Mr Arya made it an unforgettable vacation. The logistics aspect of the organization were even adding to this dreamless-travel experience. We would love to repeat.

    The Fenchel family, Germany
  • July 10th, 2017 - July 17th, 2017

    Our stay at Villa Belong Dua was absolutely amazing. The architecture, attention to detail, service. But the most importantly the human factor from of the staff make you fell like home. We will certainly be back soon.

    Nicola P, Brazil
  • July 3rd, 2017 - July 8th, 2017

    We have our excellent stay at villa Belong Dua. The facilties are excellent and have been perfect for our stay. The village is welcoming and there some lovely walks around the area. However the best thing about Villa Belong Dua is the staff. They have been so welcoming and attentive without being intrusive. All the staff have been very professional and have helped so much with our understanding of local customs and the language. We felt as though we been staying with family.

    Bryan B, Australia
  • June 12th, 2017 - June 19th, 2017

    We had a beatiful time here at Belong Dua and loved the setting. The villa design and serenity of the place. The staff was wonderful and made all our little special wishes come true. Everyone was wonderful and friendly and very special to. Thanks to Nyoman for taking so good and loving care of our two little men! Only downside of our stay is that we probably grew out a bit because of the amazing food!! We would love to be back very soon. Thank you so much for this very special holiday.

    Stijn S, Australia
  • June 8th, 2017 - June 12th, 2017

    Our stay at villa Belong Dua was great! We stayed four nights and all the staff were extremely helpful and polite. The pool and villa stayed very clean and the massage we booked was very enjoyable as well. We ate breakfast at the villa every morning and it's was very simple but delicious. We request fruits to be served at all times and the lemongrass ice tea is great as well! We ate dinner at the villa and enjoyed the food very much. The manager here is very helpful and listened to all of our requests. I definitely recommend staying at this villa !!!! Thank you.

    Tiffany C, Guam
  • May 2nd, 2017 - May 7th, 2017

    This is our second visit to Villa Belong Dua and I'm sure it won't be our last. Always exceeds our expectation in service and comfort. Arya, Fran and all the staff go out of their way to ensure our comfort. Beautiful place, beautiful people.

    Maureen. Elizabeth O, Australia
  • April 6th, 2017 - April 17th, 2017

    Our sincerest thanks and appreciation for making our 1st visit to Bali so memorable. Belong Dua has a very special energy that could not be put into words. We relished everyday (and moment) in this unequaled botanical and architectural paradise. Special thank you to Arya for making our every wish come true.

    Donald R, Australia
  • March 19th, 2017 - March 29th, 2017

    Thank you for the most amazing 10 days in your little piece of paradise. We loved being here, the amazing house, the staff and Arya and Fran's wonderful smiles. The incredible food and warm hospitality will be taken with our memory for many years. Your island is made more beautiful by your gracious and deep spirituality. Thank you.

    Christian Q, South Africa
  • March 15th, 2017 - March 19th, 2017

    This is our second stay here at beautiful Villa Belong Dua! Your experience here will speak for itself as word do no justice to the "specialness" at your feet. Many thanks to our staff they are all so thoughtful and accommodating! Make sure you get Francis to cook for you. Meals are a culinary WOW!!! We will back.

    Kerrie S, Australia
  • February 25th, 2017 - March 1st, 2017

    We would like to thank you all for "perfect" stay in this wonderful house! We are Belgium family from Antwep and working many years in the furniture and decoration business. We love the architecture and every detail in this house! Just fantastic. The staff is so friendly and make our stay unforgettable. The cook is a man with premium for his job! It was delicious - the best food we have in Bali! We will come again! We love yoga and the garden is just the prefect place to feel connected with nature! Thank you again - all of you for spoiling us so much!!

    Jan I, Netherlands
  • January 1st, 2017 - January 11th, 2017

    We would like thank you for making our stay in Bali so enjoyable. The villa is very beautiful, combining elements of traditional Balinese and modern architecture. The staff is lovely, always smiling, kind and ready to help. Breakfast and dinner were exceptional compare to the meals in the best restaurant. Once again thank you for making our stay in beautiful Bali unforgettable!

    Aleksandra K, Poland
  • October 9th, 2016 - October 15th, 2016

    Another lovely week for us at Villa Belong Dua. A tropical Oasis - amazing garden, lovely pool and an incredibility kind and welcoming staff. Our fourth stay and we'll surely be back! THIS IS VILLA IS A GEM.

    Stephanie H, Hong Kong
  • September 28th, 2016 - October 1st, 2016

    We had fabulous time at Villa Belong Dua. Beautiful accommodation, flawless design and glorious swimming pool. Most of all, the amazing staff were so welcoming and helpful and always smiling . Thank you so much to Arya and the team for making our stay so special . WE WILL BE BACK.

    Sara S, Australia
  • September 6th, 2016 - September 11th, 2016

    Thank you very much for a wonderful and peaceful stay at Villa Belong Dua. We enjoyed the wonderful garden and house and pool! All the staff is very nice and gave us a very warm welcome. Special thanks to Frans who does a great job - an had expert in the field. His seafood barbecue was really outstanding. See you next time!

    Michael S, Germany
  • September 3rd, 2016 - September 6th, 2016

    WOW! What an amazing 3 days at Villa Belong Dua. The Villa itself was spectacular, rustic yet modern, quaint yet spacious and surrounded with lush greenery which blended into our mood. The staff were equally amazing. We wanted for nothing. We were only here for 3 days, but it felt like more. Special mention to Arya, for being so accommodating and explaining so much to us about Bali. And to Frans, what an amazing chef, our plan was to visit some restaurants in the area for dinner but your food was so good, we couldn't bring ourselves to try something else.

    Colette W, Singapore
  • August 28th, 2016 - September 2nd, 2016

    Nothing more to say than - Thank You. Thank you for your smile. A space so quite. A space to be out of the world. A space to feel really good.

    Deladriere H, Singapore
  • August 26th, 2016 - August 28th, 2016

    We had a wonderful stay at Villa Belong Dua. The location is private and peaceful. The staff were all attentive, friendly and caring. We wish we could stay longer. Our stay was relaxing and rejuvenating . We can't wait to return!

    Christopher B, Australia
  • August 16th, 2016 - August 21st, 2016

    There is only one simple word to describe the place and staff - PERFECT. Thank you.

    Tomoko O, Hong Kong
  • July 29th, 2016 - August 3rd, 2016

    Thank you to all the staff at Villa Belong Dua. You have been very attentive and allowed us to enjoy a relaxing stay. Arya welcome us very warmly and organised everything we asked for with care. Frans and his team created delicious meals that our group appreciated at the times that suited us, including help with food for a 9 month old baby. We wish the team continued success at this lovely location.

    Duncan B, Australia
  • July 18th, 2016 - July 21st, 2016

    We hate to be leaving such a special, beautiful and peaceful place. We enjoyed every relaxing minute, its hard to find a place authentic and truly Balinese as this. The Generosity and kindness of the staff was a gift we especially enjoyed and the amazing dinners prepared by Franz. Long evenings at the dinner table with such delicious food and ice cold Bintang will be a great memory. The peaceful setting and relaxing environment were just what we needed. Thank to everyone for making our stay truly priceless. We hope be back one day soon!

    Todd C, United States
  • June 15th, 2016 - June 19th, 2016

    Thank you for making our vacation an amazing one. Villa Belong Dua is truly made gorgeous by the warm and happiness of the staff. We hope to back in the near future.

    Thomas K, Singapore
  • May 30th, 2015 - June 3rd, 2015

    We only stayed four nights at Villa Belong Dua and wished we could extend our stay for much longer. My wife and I have travelled to Bali quite a few times and this villa and its staff are clearly the best we have ever encountered. The villa itself is set in a nice and quite gong. The architecture is refined and done with great traditional Balinese taste. Everything about this villa is an invitation to peace and tranquility. Sainna (not sure this spelled correctly), the villa manager, is very discrete and helpful in making your stay as enjoyable as possible. Francis, the chef, is very friendly and very skilled at preparing all sorts of meals from traditional Indonesian food to more European style cuisine. We strongly recommend you try out the fish BBQ!!! All in all we had a great stay and bring with us some great memories. We will try our best to come back soon. Cheers Felix and Sophie

    Felix Cartoux, Singapore
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